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one side: extreme knowledge and
"progress on the other. The clash Is
inevitable. Off and on some zealots
will yet attempt to defend obsolete
creeds and dogmas in most ridicu
lous and unintelligent manner, but
their efforts are futile. The onward
rush of progress is fast strangling fa
naticism, for it cannot stand the light
Of course, the gods die hard, but
die they must It is the decree of
science, the law of evolution. As we
gaze back in the dusty aisles of a
dead past we behold the chamber of
tortures, the witchcraft, the brutality
untold, reason dethroned, humanity
bleeding and suffering. Will history
repeat itself? M. Herdan, 1825 S.
FROM PESCHERET.This is not
intended as an article, but only as a
statement of the several reasons why
the majority of the 4,000 Cook coun
ty civil service employes are ,against
the pension law smuggled through
the last Illinois legislature by a cllqueH
of old hands who are about ready, to
drop off the service,
J. This law is unfair because an
'employe receiving $35 per month has
to pay just as much as the one who
receives $150 or $200 per month.
2 It is an imposition because
those who are supposed to benefit by
it have not been consulted In the
matter, except that small clique men-
' tioned above. ..
3 This is an insult because it re
flects upon the mental capability of
, the employes to manage intelligently
' $2 a month.
4 It is an extortion because the
money is taken off the employes' pay
check before they receive it and
against their will.
- 5 ;It is swindle because in case of
..discharge or quitting or dying before
the expiration of twenty years period
.the law contains no provision for the
refunding to legitimate heirs, said
' pension dying with beneficiary.
the constitution guarantees to every
worker the full amount of salary that
his other contracts calls for. Leon
Pescheret, Chicago Cooks' Union,
CHILD SLAVERY. Last week I
saw a boy about nine years of age
standing up, mind you, to operate a
knitting machine. He looked fraiL
His work was two movements with
both hands, aaregular as a clock, one,
two, one, two.
How much longer are we going to
crucify childhood upon a cross of
gold? This boy should be in school.
It makes no difference how poor he is
or how poor and helpless are parents
or dependents. The state should come
forward, put the child in school, edu
cate him and pay all expenses if the
parents are unable.
Many foreigners are buying their
property by putting all the children
to work. This is criminal
We.hired a set of rascals last year
to act as legislators in Illinois. They
refused to put through a child labor
bill. They believe in robbing the cra
dle and we voted for such skunks.
Instead, of helping poor unfortunate
women they voted a bill to lock them
up in prison. Once again they showed
themselves to be dirty rate. Why did
hey not get these women husbands,
pensions, jobs, hope, cure? No!
They voted to send them to helL
The illegal children were also lelt
in hell by our wonderful (?) legisla
ture. They refused to vote a living
wage to the mothers of the race be
cause they want women to be slaves
and do hard work cheaper than .men.
Our last legislators should be burned
instead, of merely hung for what they
did. Instead of being Christian or Jn
any way religious we are all rascals
for voting such men into office.
The rich should be put into a cider
press and squeezed until they pay a
living wage and pay taxes enough to
care for all dependents on a profit and
But all the while the rich are 'en-
It is unconstitutional because 1